About the Event
e are thrilled to announce Landmark Events return to the field with an expanded Ohio tour, July 24-25. We’ve moved the tour to the weekend and incorporated some fantastic new outdoor venues and stories to go along with the wonderful Dayton sites of Carillon Park, Huffman Prairie Flying Field and the National Air Force Museum. We’ve added Chillocothe, birthplace of the great Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and site of incredible events involving two of America’s most famous frontiersmen, Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton!
Bring your family as we look into a place and a period that exploded with creativity and birthed inventions that literally transformed the world — Dayton Ohio. When the Bishop Milton Wright’s two sons, Wilbur and Orville, made their historic flight in 1903, Dayton residents had more patents per capita than any other U.S. city. Factories sprang up producing cash registers, train cars, sewing machines (the Davis Sewing factory was a mile long!) bicycles, airplanes and much more. Landmark Events historian Bill Potter will guide us through some great venues, providing a distinctly Christian interpretation of the sites and stories we encounter. We guarantee you will leave inspired and encouraged!
What About Covid?
We trust you to make wise decisions for yourself and your family without interference from us. We thoughtfully restructured the tour to include primarily outdoor sites and have upgraded our wireless audio systems so you won’t miss a word while being able to maintain a comfortable distance. Masks are not mandated on the tour, or in Ohio, but the USAF Museum is the only venue we visit that currently requires one. If you have specific questions, please contact us. 100% refunds available until the start of the tour.
UPDATE – July 9:
In this Covid kaleidoscope environment, situations are quite dynamic and arrangements fluid. There are a couple new developments that impact the tour we want you to be aware of:
- Wright Patterson AFB has a mandatory mask policy for all indoor facilities. 3 years and under do not need a mask.
- Carillon Park requires a mask because the city of Dayton issued a mandatory mask policy for indoor spaces last week. 6 and under do not need a mask.
- Montgomery county, where our original hotel selection, Hampton Inn Huber Heights, is just issued mandatory mask for indoor spaces, which puts a damper on our planned Friday evening fellowship gathering.
Hotel Update: We are moving the Friday night fellowship to the Springhill Suites in Beavercreek , 2633 Fairfield Commons Dr., Beavercreek. Located just minutes from Wright Patterson AFB, the hotel is clean, convenient and in Greene county where there are no mask mandates… yet. We found a room with two queen beds and a sofa for $95 AAA rate including breakfast. Plenty of other hotels nearby to choose from.
Montgomery county, where our original hotel choice, Hampton Inn Huber Heights is, just issued mandatory mask mandate for indoor spaces, which put a damper on our planned Friday evening fellowship gathering.
Here we will see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane and second oldest airplane in existence, the 1835 B&O (Grasshopper) steam locomotive, and the first automobile self-starter, along with scores of other inventions uniquely displayed in their exhibits. You will be immersed in the region’s history while strolling through 30 historical buildings and interacting with the hundreds of innovative artifacts.
*Masks are required indoors for everyone over 6 years old.
Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center*
Wilbur and Orville started their careers as printers and operated their second print shop, outside the home, here as Wright & Wright Job Printers. In this location, the Wrights edited and published newspapers for the West Side patrons, and launched the career of Orville’s friend, esteemed poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, by publishing his first book of poems.
Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center*
Exhibits focus on the Wright brothers’ development of the world’s first practical airplane at Huffman Prairie in 1904 and 1905, their flying school starting in 1910, and the accomplishments of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Our inaugural Landmark Glider Competition for tour participants will be held on the fields where the Wright Brother flew!
USAF National Museum
The museum is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Thousands of personal artifacts, photographs and documents further highlight the people and events that comprise the Air Force storyline, from the beginnings of military flight to today’s war on terrorism.
*Masks are required indoors for everyone over 3 years old.
Old Chillicothe (Oldtown, Greene County), Shawnee Capitol
Birthplace of Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Tribe, perhaps the greatest leader of native tribes in American history. Chillicothe was also the location of the imprisonment of Daniel Boone, the best known American pioneer of the colonial period, and for many years after. Simon Kenton, a red-headed giant, was the most feared and respected frontiersman, by the Shawnee and other tribes in Kentucky and the Ohio Valley. He too was captured and carried from village to village as the greatest war trophy a warrior could possess. At Chillicothe, both Kenton and his good friend Daniel Boone, whose life he saved in battle, were forced through the gauntlet leading to the village.
Ohio State House
We will tour this historic building with a real treat in the map room! In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the State House is hosting an exhibit honoring Great Ohioan: Neil Armstrong. Growing up in Auglaize County, Ohio, Armstrong developed a passion for aviation that would one day carry him to the moon. This exhibit will take a closer look at his early days and will include Apollo Program artifacts, moon rocks and document how the world celebrated this historic achievement. A perfect complement to our aviation theme!
Camp Chase shifted from a training camp for Union Army recruits to a prisoner-of-war camp early in the Civil War and now serves as a national cemetery. In 1863 Camp Chase held 8,000 men, making it the largest prison in the country. Mr. Potter will tell the story of John Hunt Morgan, was one of the greatest Confederate cavalry commanders of the Civil War. He and five of his men made one of the most daring escapes in the Civil War and returned to the Confederacy unscathed!
Included in This Tour
- All teaching from a Biblical perspective
- All venue entrance fees
- All guide fees and gratuities
- Wireless audio system so you don’t miss a word!
- Souvenir Glider!
- Wednesday night fellowship and fun
- Legendary Landmark Tour quiz with neat prizes!
- Sweet fellowship and memories that will last a lifetime
This tour is a car tour. Each family is responsible for their own lodging and meals, and transportation. All venue admissions are included in your registration fee. If you have any questions, or if we can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
*As with all NPS sites, Landmark Events does not charge admission for this portion of the tour.
Locations subject to change.
Detailed schedule emailed with registration conformation
Friday, July 24 (Dayton)
| 11.2 miles ≈ 25 mins. from Hampton Inn Huber Heights
(5588 Merily Way, Huber Heights, OH)
|Carillon Park (Mask mandated for indoors for all 7 years old and older)
(1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, OH)
|10.2 miles ≈ 17 mins.|
|Wright Brothers Memorial
(Memorial Drive, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base)
|2.3 miles ≈ 6 mins.|
|USAF National Museum (Mask mandated for indoors for all 4 years old and older)
(1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH)
|4.9 miles ≈ 11 mins.|
|Huffman Prairie Flying Field & Glider competition!
Pylon Rd, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
|Friday night fellowship & fun Springhill Suites – (2633 Fairfield Commons Dr. , Beavercreek): Bring your own food and join Bill and Kevin for discussion and of the day’s topics and our Legendary Landmark Tour quiz with neat prizes!|
Saturday, July 25 (Columbus)
| 18.7 miles ≈ 22 mins. from Hampton Inn Huber Heights
(5588 Merily Way, Huber Heights, OH)
(1575 US-68 Xenia, OH)
|58 miles ≈ 63 mins.|
(2900 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, OH)
|Ice Cream Social!|
Image Credits: Wilbur Wright (wikimedia.org); Orville Wright (wikimedia.org); First Flight Kittyhawk (loc.gov); Carillon Park (daytonhistory.org); Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center 1 (wikimedia.org); Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center 2 (wikimedia.org); Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center (tripadvisor.com); USAF Museum (wikimedia.org); Ohio State House 1 (nationalmuseum.af.mil); Ohio State House 2 (wikimedia.org); Ohio State House 3 (wikimedia.org); Wright Brothers Building Facade (nps.gov); Camp Chase 1 (wikimedia.org); Camp Chase 2 (tripadvisor.com); Old Chillicothe (Wikipedia.org) ; Ross County Courthouse (Wikipedia.org); Main Street South Side (Wikipedia.org); Wright Brothers Memorial (NPS.gov)